Coal Mines Historic Site
The Coal Mines Historic Site was Tasmania’s first operational mine, established as a much-needed local source of coal, but also as a place of punishment for the ‘worst class’ of convicts.
Along with the Port Arthur Historic Site, the Coal Mines Historic Site is included in the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage property.
A visit to the Coal Mines is a fascinating and rewarding adjunct to any visit to the Port Arthur Historic Site.
The Site is open every day, entry is free and no bookings are necessary.
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Battling stinging nettle and bracken
Last week we spent the morning around the convict precinct removing stinging nettles (non-native), thistles and bracken from around the prisoner barracks and solitary cells. In the afternoon we were up at the explosives magazine giving that a tidy up (see photo). Hopefully the bracken there will finally see sense and stop re-growing soon. For […]
A busy week at the Coal Mines
Last week we got round to moving the logger that had shifted and had only been counting low flying birds and people that had strayed off the path. It’s now firmly in a new home. We also managed to get to the military barracks, convict gardens and an unknown ruin near the convict gardens to […]